Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album

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Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album
Awarded forquality albums recorded and/or mixed in surround sound (classical and non-classical)
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2005
Website Grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album (until 2018: Best Surround Sound Album) was first awarded in 2005, as the first category in a new "Surround Sound" field.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

This field currently holds the Best Immersive Audio Album award as its sole category.

It is one of a few categories which are open to both classical and non-classical recordings, new or re-issued. To qualify for this category, the recording must be in surround quality (with a minimum of four channels). The recordings must be commercially available on either DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, Blu-ray, SACD, surround download or a streaming-only copy. The award goes to the surround engineer(s), the surround mastering engineer(s) (if any) and the surround sound producer(s) (if any). Performing artists do not receive the award, except if they are also the surround (mastering) engineer or the surround sound producer.

DVD-Audio DVD format

DVD-Audio is a digital format for delivering high-fidelity audio content on a DVD. DVD-Audio uses most of the storage on the disc for high-quality audio and is not intended to be a video delivery format. DVD-Audio has much higher audio quality than most video DVDs containing concert films or music videos.

DVD-Video consumer video format used to store digital video on DVD discs

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Blu-ray optical disc storage medium

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The category was renamed Best Immersive Audio Album for the 2019 Grammy season. [1] According to NARAS, "driven by the technological side of music evolution, the Best Surround Sound Album category [was] renamed Best Immersive Audio Album. The same goes for the Field to which it belongs. The change reflects evolving technology, new formats, and current industry trends, practices, and language."

61st Annual Grammy Awards

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted.

Winners & Nominees

Legend: * = Surround Mix Engineer / ** = Surround Mastering Engineer / *** = Surround Producer. Performing artists in brackets.

YearWinner(s)TitlePerforming artist(s)NomineesRef.
2005 Al Schmitt*, Robert Hadley & Doug Sax**, John Burk, Phil Ramone & Herbert Walf*** Genius Loves Company Ray Charles & Various Artists
[2]
2006 Chuck Ainlay*, Bob Ludwig**, Chuck Ainlay & Mark Knopfler*** Brothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary Edition Dire Straits
[3]
2007 Elliot Scheiner*, Darcy Proper**, Donald Fagen*** Morph The Cat Donald Fagen
[4]
2008 Paul Hicks*, Tim Young**, George Martin & Giles Martin*** Love The Beatles
[5]
2009 Michael Bishop*/**, Robert Woods***Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On Bald Mountain; Prelude To Khovanshchina Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
[6]
2010 Michael Bishop*/**, Elaine Martone***Transmigration Robert Spano & The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses
[7]
2011 Keith O. Johnson*/**, David Frost***Britten's Orchestra Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony
[8]
2012 Elliot Scheiner*, Bob Ludwig**, Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner*** Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition) Derek & The Dominos
[9]
2013 Jim Anderson*, Darcy Proper**, Michael Friedman***Modern Cool Patricia Barber
[10]
2014 Al Schmitt* & Tommy LiPuma***Live Kisses Paul McCartney
[11]
2015 Elliot Scheiner(*), Tom Coyne(**), Beyoncé Knowles(***) Beyoncé Beyoncé
[12]
2016 James Guthrie (*/**/***) & Joel Plante (**) Amused To Death Roger Waters
  • Morten Lindberg*/**/*** for Amdahl: Astrognosia & Aesop (Ingar Heine Bergby & Norwegian Radio Orchestra)
  • Morten Lindberg*/**/*** for Magnificat (Øyvind Gimse, Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene) composed by Kim André Arnesen
  • Erdo Groot*/**, Philip Traugott*** for Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 (Paavo Järvi & Russian National Orchestra)
  • Morten Lindberg*/**/*** for Spes (Tove Ramlo-Ystad & Cantus)
[13]
2017 Alexander Lipay*, Dmitriy Lipay*/**/***Dutilleux: Sur le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystères de l'Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement Ludovic Morlot & the Seattle Symphony
[14]
2018 Jim Anderson*/Darcy Proper**/Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom***Early AmericansJane Ira Bloom
[15]
2019 Alan Parsons */**/***, Dave Donnelly**, P.J. Olsson**Eye in the Sky - 35th Anniversary Edition Alan Parsons Project
  • Morten Lindberg */**/*** for Folketoner (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask & det Norske Jentekor)
  • Daniel Shores */**, Dan Merceruio*** for Seven Words From The Cross (Matthew Guard & Skylark)
  • Morten Lindberg */**/*** for Sommero: Ujamaa & the Iceberg (Ingar Heine Bergby & the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Choir)
  • Prashant Mistry*/***, Ronald Prent*/***, Darcy Proper ** for Symbol (Engine-Earz Experiment)
[16]

Legend: * = Surround Mix Engineer / ** = Surround Mastering Engineer / *** = Surround Producer

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